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Israel and International Law – Mishpatim (“The Law”) Program

Mishpatim Canada is a program to introduce Canadian law students to Israel and its legal system. It was launched in the Spring of 2011 under the leadership of Dr Bryan Schwartz, Asper Professor of International Law at the University of Manitoba. It received stellar reviews from the two dozen University of Manitoba law students who participated, eliciting comments regarding its “life changing” nature. Many would later refer to it as the most memorable part of their law program.

In 2012, the program was again delivered, once again to highly positive feedback. The first steps were taken to expand the scope of the program, by including some students from the Asper School of Business and the University of Saskatchewan law school. The long term goal is to preserve its character as a signature program of the Manitoba law school, but also expand the impact and reach by making places available to law and MBA students throughout Canada.

The theme of the course this past year was “Traditional Peoples and Newcomers in the Start-Up Nation.” Students learn about the legal, political and social framework in which, against seeming impossible odds, Israel has become a world leader in the science, engineering and business of high technology. They visit start-ups, universities at the forefront of innovation, and hear from experts on topics such as venture capital and intellectual property rights. Within this context, they also explore the legal and social challenges of integrating into this society with communities such as ultra-orthodox Jews, Israeli Arabs, Druze, migrant workers, and African refugees.

The panoramic and searching exploration of Israeli law and society gives students the opportunity to reflect on how Canada copes with comparable challenges, such as becoming a word leader in innovation, and integrating its own traditional peoples and newcomers into a 21rst century economy. Students also come away with a muhc enhanced appreciation of the complexity and vitatlity of Israel. With this comes the potential to better understand the headlines and developments seen in the news, or appreciate the nuances in the content of the debate over Israeli policies that continue to infuse life on university campuses and in society generally.


Program Information

Program Overview

Program FAQ

Orientation Powerpoint (PDF format)

Mishpatim in the News

Canadian Lawyer Weekly (4Students)

Mishpatim 2012 Experience

Canada Newswire

Yude Henteleff Fund Raiser for Mishpatim Scholarship

The Jewish Post

Mishpatim 2012 Experience

Bryan Schwartz on the History of the Manitoba Mishpatim Program

Winnipeg Jewish Review

One Student’s Reflections on the Mishpatim Experience

Winnipeg Jewish Review (2 Installments)

Bryan Schwartz on Mishpatim II – Installment 1

Bryan Schwartz on Mishpatim IIInstallment 2


Mishpatim 2011 Program Reflections

Mishpatim 2012 Student Feedback: Carolyn Reimer

Mishpatim 2012 Student Feedback: Erica Grant

Mishpatim 2012 Student Feedback: Lalitha Ramachandran

Mishpatim 2012 Thoughts: Dr. Bryan P. Schwartz

The Mishpatim Experience in 2012 – The Course Syllabus, Consolidated Report, Feedback and Press

Related Links

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Canadian Friends of Hebrew University


Austrailian Friends of Hebrew University – Australian Mishpatim Program


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